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Transcript of Ben Carson
In 1984, Ben Carson was named head of the Department of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. At age 33, he was the youngest doctor in the country to hold such a position.
Ben faced a big challenge when he was a little boy. After his dad walked out on his mom, she was forced to have 2 jobs at a time. Ben stayed with his brother Curtis, but did not see his mom for days at a time. Life was hard and they were quite poor.
In middle school, he was not a good student. He had very low grades and spent little time studying. He also was teased by white classmates because he was black.
His biggest medical challenge was when he performed a 52-hour surgery to separate conjoined adults. He led a team of 100 surgeons to help, however both girls ended up not making it. This was one of his toughest things to face in his life.
Where is he Now?
Ben Carson is now retired from his position after being in neurosurgery for 36 years.
He plans on still giving speeches to schools and hospitals to help share his experience and knowledge. He wants to help young surgeons become successful.
He looks forward to spending time with his grandchildren after being a very busy surgeon for many years.
He helped further neuroscience by taking risks most surgeons would not take. By doing this, he was able to discover that the brain could be removed in small pieces rather than whole sections at a time.
He made brain surgeries much safer for his patients by finding new ways to control brain bleeding and infection. These procedures are still being used today.
He created the Carson Scholarship fund, which gives one thousand dollar scholarships to kids with good grades and an interest in medicine and science.
By Lyndsey Marrujo
As a child, he loved to read books. He enjoyed this much more than watching television. His favorite was reading about people working in laboratories with chemicals and microscopes.
His brother, Curtis was 2 years older than he was.
He was the first surgeon ever to perform brain surgery on a fetus still inside the womb.
He successfully separated conjoined twins who were connected at the head. Many doctors did not want to do this very risky surgery, but Carson was determined to help these kids.
His Impact on the World
Ben Carson made an impact on many of the children he did brain surgery on. They visit him and thank him for his help in saving their lives. Some of these kids even want to become surgeons like he is.
There are surgeons at John Hopkins Hospital who still use the same procedures and techniques that Ben Carson did. They still call him for advice, even though he is retired.
There is no holiday observed for Dr. Ben Carson, even though I am sure many patients he helped feel he should have a day for him.